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BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 19 Aug 2001 7:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 Nov 2001 5:00PM GMT
Looking for info on any of the many Best family members in the Coeur d'Alene area, especially John David Best who died there in 1906. He had a wife, Laura Gates, and 3 sons and a daughter.

Re: BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 14 Nov 2001 10:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
Okay are you ready for this? I don't know if you have any of the info but. . .

There is a family cemetery in the city of Coeur d' Alene. It is called the Hope Cemetery and is also known as the Best Cemetery. It is located behind residences on Gilbert Ave between 7th and 8th streets.

Babbitt, John Tracy, Age 75 Died 06-19-1911 (married in Michigan, moved to Idaho 1892 born in New York

Babbitt, Lucia Aurora (Perry), age 73 died 11-07-1914 wife of John T. Babbit

Best, Addie Chirilla, age 48 died 03-06-1911 wife of Edwin O Best, born Algonac, MI married in WI

Best, Alexander Hubbard, died in CDA ca 1900, born in OH lived at Big Springs, Adams Co, WI and Dunn Co., WI moved to ND and to ID in 1893.

Best, Bennett J age 45 Died 03-03-1909 born in WI

Best, Ellen Chirilla (Ring), died in CDA in 1904, born Maine, Married Alexander H. Best.

Best, Iva May, died 05-23-1893, 5 year old daughter of Charles & Cora, granddaughter of Alexander Best & John Babbitt.

Best, John David, died CDA age 30, born WI son of Alexander & Ellen Best, married to Laura Gates, had 1 daughter and 3 sons.

Cook, Monty, died September 1911, aged 2 days son of Paul C. Cook & Wife, Ruby (Best) Cook.

Granger, Foster age 67 07-06-1912 he died after requesting burial in Best Cemetery.

There are a lot of Best's buried in several of the other cemeteries in Kootenai County. If you would like me to find Obits on these just let me know.

I will also go back to the Hayden Lake Library and check the History of North Idaho book (1903) to see if they did a write up on the family.

Re: BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 20 Nov 2001 5:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
BEST FAMILY BURIALS AT THE FOREST CEMETERY IN COEUR D' ALENE:

Archie E. 1884 11-22-1954 s/s Winifred
Bessie R. 1880 03-26-1936 S/p Eugene
Charles Age 79 05-23-1936 s/s Cora M
Charles A. 11-30-1908 02-03-1972 s/s Ruth A
Cora Age 74 1-12-1939 s/s Charles
Donald L 03-1-7-1919 03-20-1961
Edwin O. Age 78 07-06-1934
Elmont C. 11-07-1914 03-10-1929 s/p Winifred
Emma L. 1871 05-18-1949 s/s William
Eugene 1881 08-28-1972 s/s Hepburn
Fannie age 75 10-10-1965 s/s Ruben
Hattie D 1882 08-08-1961 s/s Ralph L
Helen L. n/d 1917 s/s Rowena R Nunes
Hepburn, L. 10-24-1914 06-19-1970 s/s Eugene
Kenneth D. 1907 02-04-1941
Lisle Lyle n/d 04-10-1919
Luzetta A. 1890 08-15-1977 s/s Vernon W
Madge 1912 11-22-1918 s/p Eugene
Mae 1862 11-30-1924/5 s/s William
Ralph L 1879 10-03-1941 s/s Hattie D
Ross age 30 09-06-1935
Ruben age 75 12-03-1952 s/s Fannie
Ruth A 10-28-1910 n/d s/s Charles
Vernon W 1889 08-08-1958 s/s Luzetta
Walter Andy 1928 05-09-1954
William 1860 02-23-1923 s/s mae
Winifred A. N. 1891 04-18-1964 s/p Elmont C

I also found the article I remembered in the Spokesman Review dated 06-11-2001 that is a detailed one on the Hope or Best Cemetery. I will pull a copy of that and send it to you as well.

I will work on getting these obits but it might take me a few days or so.

Re: BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 20 Nov 2001 5:18AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
The funeral of Mrs. Edward Best, who passed away Tuesday, will be held from the home of the deceased near Springwater at 3 o'clock this afternoon. R. Ashton Curtis, rector of the Episcopal church, will conduct the services and interment will be in Hope Cemetery.

Coeur d' Alene Evening Press Wednesday March 08, 1911



Further down on the same page:


Forest Best was the victim of a painful accident yesterday afternoon near Gibbs. He was making a delivery for the Metropole market and had left his team standing for a few moments at the roadside. The horses became frightened and started off and Mr. Best in an attempt to catch the team fell and sprained his ankle.

Re: BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 20 Nov 2001 5:23AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
STRICKENW HILE HOME IS BURNING

W. H. Best died last evening at 7:30 o'clock from heart failure.

Mr. Best had been ill for several months and his death was brought on by the excitement caused when his home at Hayden Lake caught fire yesterday afternoon. The building was a modern seven room home and was totally destroyed and with the exception of one or two small articles, nothing was saved.

Mr. and Mrs. Best were spending the evening at the home of J. W. Arnold and were attracted by the blaze of the burning home. Mr. Best attempted to run to his home but sank in the yard of Mr. Arnold and was caried into the house, where he expired shortly afterward.

The funeral services will be held from the Cassedy parlors tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. McCabe of the Episcopal Church will officiate and interment will be in Forest Cemetery.

Besides his wife, he leaves one son, Archie, who resides at E528 Sinto Avenue, Spokane, four brothers, Ed and Charles of this city, Frank, of White Sulpher Springs, Montana; Alexander, of Deer Park, Wash., and three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Caryl, of Yakima, Mrs. Ella Herrington, of Powderhorn Bay, and Mrs. Laura Latin of Mount Vernon, Wash.

The deceased has resided in this locatlity for the past 25 years, coming here from Wisconsin. For a number of years he engaged in trapping and hunting and later operated a launch on Hayden Lake and last year assisted in the care of the Hayden Lake golf links.

Coeur d' Alene Evening Press Saturday February 24, 1923

Re: BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 21 Nov 2001 2:58AM GMT
Classification: Cemetery
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Spokesman Review June 11, 2001

Lost cemeteries Family graveyards can be a burden for heirs, neighbors
[IDAHO Edition]
Spokesman Review
Spokane, Wash.
Jun 11, 2001

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Authors: Hazel Barrowman Correspondent

Pagination: A1

Dateline: COEUR D'ALENE

Personal Names: Best, Ronald L
Follette, Lois
Yates, Dexter
Shane, Al
Dahlgren, Dorothy


Abstract:

The Colonial Dames had big plans for the small cemetery, said Lois Follette,
a Coeur d'Alene member. The group wanted to turn it into a small neighborhood
park, using a miniature version of [Partington]'s original plat, she said.

Before the land surrounding the present-day Hope Cemetery was sold,
the St. Pius Church in Coeur d'Alene had an opportunity to buy the platted
5-acre cemetery, [Dexter Yates] said. But the church already had the St.
Thomas Cemetery.

2 Color photos Map: Hope Cemetery; 1. [Ronald L. Best], born in 1926, is
owner and caretaker of a family cemetery in north Coeur d'Alene, where
it now is surrounded by homes. Photos by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
2. A simple grave marker is almost hidden in the overgrowth at Hope Cemetery,
where members of the Best family were buried form the 1890s to 1914.
(Copyright 2001 Cowles Publishing Company)

Full Text:

At first glance, you wouldn't know it was a cemetery.

Bordered by a rusty barbed-wire fence, this half-acre at the end of
Eighth Street off Gilbert Avenue in north Coeur d'Alene is surrounded by
houses and taken over by shrubbery and weeds.

About 100 years ago, the land, owned by the Best family, was a small
portion of a five-acre plat that was to be the Hope Cemetery. Designed
by F.G. Partington in 1907, it was planned to be a grand and peaceful resting
place.

Today, the small and humble Hope Cemetery is owned by Ronald L. Best,
75. Although Best is the sole caretaker for his family's cemetery, the
weeds often are in charge. Eight headstones are visible upon entering the
cemetery, yet there are 10 recorded burials. The first was in 1893 - Best's
father's 5-year-old sister, Iva May. Lucia Aurora Babbitt was the last
in 1914.

Best said that although Partington, who was Best's father's brother-in-law,
designed the cemetery with more than 800 grave sites, most of the land
was sold after Partington abandoned the project. The Hope Cemetery remains
a shadow of its original design, and the Best family is left with the job
of maintaining the grounds. Best inherited the land from his father and
is responsible for paying the taxes.

A similar situation plays out among numerous privately owned cemeteries
in North Idaho. Many have fallen into disrepair as growth pushes neighborhoods
up around them and the families that own them pass away.

Some have been taken over by cities, but preservation can be a struggle
when no records exist to show where graves are located.

Best says he's the only one who takes care of Hope Cemetery these days,
and it's a lot of work for one man. His relatives have little interest
or are unable to help, he said.

In 1994 and 1995, the local chapter of the National Society of Colonial
Dames XVII Century, a historical preservation group, took on the cemetery
as one of its projects. The group helped repair the fence, donated a new
sign, and cleared the brush around the graves.

The Colonial Dames had big plans for the small cemetery, said Lois Follette,
a Coeur d'Alene member. The group wanted to turn it into a small neighborhood
park, using a miniature version of Partington's original plat, she said.

"It was going to be absolutely spectacular," said Follette. The Dames'
project was slowed because the land was privately owned, and little could
be done to preserve their work for the future, Follette said.

"This is the problem with private cemeteries," said Dexter Yates, owner
of the Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene. "They don't think past the
next 100 years."

Yates explained that even if the Best family were to sell the land,
it would still be recorded by Kootenai County as an existing cemetery.
The land could not be built on unless the graves were removed, which is
unlikely.

Yates also explained that cemeteries come with an automatic built- in
easement for anyone who has family buried there. No matter who owns the
cemetery, the family has a right to visit the land.

Other privately owned cemeteries have similar problems.

The Pine Grove cemetery in Rathdrum, originally owned by the Post family,
was eventually turned over to the city. Yet many of the grave markers were
lost or destroyed throughout the years, and no records could be found.
The city was left with an awkward and daunting task, says Al Shane, who
has spent about 15 years cataloguing graves throughout Benewah, Kootenai,
Boundary and Bonner counties with his wife, Betty.

Shane explained that when the markers are destroyed, little or no record
remains of where graves are located.

An abandoned cemetery in Loffs Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene has only one
grave marker, yet there are about 19 recorded burials there, Shane said.

"The Post Falls Cemetery has a section on the north end that's in limbo,"
Shane said. Most of the wooden markers were burned when a train caught
on fire nearby years ago. Today the city doesn't know if, or where, many
of the graves exist.

"You'd be lucky to find the abandoned cemetery in Colburn," Shane said.
And the Northside Cemetery in Bonners Ferry cannot be found because there's
a house built on it, he said.

Dorothy Dahlgren's small family cemetery, located on Coeur d'Alene Mountain,
is situated within a housing development. The cemetery is essentially part
of someone's back yard, said Dahlgren, who directs the Museum of North
Idaho.

The homeowner has taken down the fence and has landscaping plans for
the cemetery, but has assured the family he will respect their historical
site, Dahlgren said.

"People are building around these old cemeteries, and either trying
to make them part of their landscape or obliterating them," she said. As
far as she knows, Dahlgren said, no legislation exists to protect the cemeteries.

Before the land surrounding the present-day Hope Cemetery was sold,
the St. Pius Church in Coeur d'Alene had an opportunity to buy the platted
5-acre cemetery, Yates said. But the church already had the St. Thomas
Cemetery.

"It will probably be a long time before something happens to that land,"
Yates said.

Best said he is interested in turning the cemetery over to the city,
yet is unsure if the city wants it.

City parks officials say that there would be a lot to consider - including
maintenance and taxes - in order to have a private cemetery become public.
The first step would be to send a proposal to Doug Eastwood, director of
parks and recreation.

So the historical Hope Cemetery sits quietly in neglect, nestled among
newly constructed homes, in the heart of what was once the Best family
settlement.

2 Color photos Map: Hope Cemetery; Caption: 1. Ronald Best, born in 1926,
is owner and caretaker of a family cemetery in north Coeur d'Alene, where
it now is surrounded by homes. Photos by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review
2. A simple grave marker is almost hidden in the overgrowth at Hope Cemetery,
where members of the Best family were buried form the 1890s to 1914.

Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner.
Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.


=============================== End of Document ================================

BEST, MADGE A

Posted: 21 Nov 2001 4:43AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
LITTLE GIRL DIED FROM BURNS

Madge A. Best, the six year old daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Best of 204 Fifth Street succumbed at 11 o'clock this morning to burns received while playing around a bonfire started by children in the neighborhood yesterday afternoon.

When the clothing of the little girl caught fire she ran fanning the blaze and despite all medical attention that could be given the burns were so severe that she passed away at 11 o'clock this morning.

Madge Alana Best would have celebrated her sixth birthday next Wednesday and had commenced her school life. No funeral arrangements have been made.

Couer d' Alene Evening Press November 22, 1918

Re: BEST FAMILY-Kootenai Co. and area

Posted: 4 Jan 2002 4:54AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
Ralph Best Dies

Ralph L Best, 62, resident of Coeur d' Alene for 47 years, died yesterday at a local hospital, after an illness of considerable length.

Deceased is survived by his widow, Hattie; by two sons, Phillip of Wallace and Donald, serviving at Fort Lewis; by three grandchildren; a brother, Vernon Best at Oakland, California, and a sister, Alana Brandon of Republic, Wash.

The body is at the Cassedy Funeral Home, where services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment will be in Forest Cemetery.

Kootenai County Leader, Friday October 3, 1941

Charles M. Best

Posted: 4 Jan 2002 5:26AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
Charles M. Best, 79, died Saturday at his home on Best Avenue. He had been a resident of Coeur d' Alene 44 years. Deceased is survived by his widow, three sons, Forrest, Paul and Ronald of Coeur d' Alene and three daughters, Mrs. Ruby Cook and Mrs. Bertha Parkington of Mt Vernon, Wash and Mrs. Leona Holmes of Anacortes, Wash.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Cassedy Funeral Home, with interment in Forest Cemetery.

Kootenai County Leader, Friday May 29, 1936

Bessie R. Best

Posted: 4 Jan 2002 5:41AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 11 Jan 2006 8:12AM GMT
Surnames: Best
Death of Mrs. Best was Unexpected

Mrs. Bessie R. Best, wife of Eugene Best, died suddenly last evening after an illness of several days with influenza, and complications. She has lived in Coeur d' Alene 28 years. She was well known to many residents who were shocked at the news of her death.

She is survived by her widower, one daughter, Eugenia, at home,a nd three sons, Gus of Grangeville, Norman of Rathdrumand Hepburn, at home. Mrs. Best had been ill for about a week and was believed to be out of danger, when it was discovered she had passed away.

Mr. Best wishes The Leader to say that he greatly appreciates the efforts of physicians and the arrival of the fire department inhalator, in hopes that something could be done when it was discovered she had dropped away.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Cassedy Funeral HOme. Rev. Ralph I. Thomas officiating and interment in Forest Cemetery. Kootenai County Leader, Friday March 27, 1936
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